Great value wines that you can buy for £8 or less

With another long weekend ahead and probably a very long stay-at-home summer too, here are some suggestions for the wines to keep you company.

Bruce Jack has his own wine label now.
Bruce Jack has his own wine label now.

All are under £8 and all of them offer great flavour for money, so stock your trolley or arrange your delivery slot and be prepared for a siege.

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Fairtrade Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa, Co-op, £6: Crisp and zesty, with light lemon and lime fruit and a clean finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, or team with a fish and chip supper.

Head to Morrisons for a great value Montepulciano.

Palacio de Vivero 2019, Rueda, Spain, Asda, £6: Made from the Verdejo grape this has melon fruit and fennel notes with a crisp, zesty finish.

Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Aupouri, Gisborne, New Zealand, Asda, £6: Terrific light, fragrant tropical fruit flavours of mango, passionfruit and pineapple, with a clear citrus finish.

Vale De Pombos 2018, Vinho Verde, Portugal, Co-op, £6: With white floral aromas, lemon-and-lime freshness and soft herbal notes, this is a perfect wine for sipping in sunshine.

Sorso Fiano 2018, Terre Siciliane, Morrisons, £6.75: Herb-dusted ripe apple, peach and pear flavours with a rounded texture and crisp, clean finish. Try it with creamy fish or pasta dishes.

Chenin Blanc 2019, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Waitrose, £6.99: Fresh crisp, honeysuckle aromas, with white peach and crunchy apple notes on the palate. Team with fishcakes and pork chops.

Finest Passerina 2018, Abruzzo, Italy, Tesco, £7: Passerina is a rare, old variety that is gradually being reintroduced to Abruzzo. One of its local names, Scacciadebito, means “chasing the debts”, which suggests that its naturally high yields is a good way of making a lot of wine. But this wine has been made with a clear eye on controlling yields to allow the fresh, peachy flavours with a touch of herbs to shine through.

Yalumba Organic Viognier 2019, South Australia, Waitrose, down from £9.99 to £7.49 until June 2: Yalumba is the expert in Australian Viognier and this one comes from a single farm that decided to go organic 25 years ago. Slightly less floral than many Viogniers, it makes up for that with juicy apricot and peachy fruit with a definite savoury edge. Food-friendly, team this with chicken and spiced prawns.

Santa Julia High Altitude Chardonnay 2019, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Sainsbury’s, down from £8 to £7 from Wednesday until June 18: Made from grapes grown at high altitude on the slopes of the Andes, they retain freshness while still developing rounded melon, pineapple and ripe pear fruit. A small percentage is fermented in oak to add texture and a hint of vanilla. Team with roast chicken, pork or salmon.

Finest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019, New Zealand, Tesco, £8: Fresh, lively crushed blackcurrant leaf aromas with gooseberry and pineapple flavours make this a wine to team with grilled sole and salads.

Reds

Extra Special Old Vine Garnacha 2018, Carineña, Spain, Asda, £5: Full of lively, thirst-quenching, juicy, red berry fruit with just a hint of spice. Perfect with anything that comes off the barbecue.

Chianti DOCG 2018, Italy, Tesco, £5.25: A light, juicy Chianti with cherry, berry fruit, spiked with herbs. Great value and it goes well with tomato-based pasta dishes or grilled lamb kebabs.

Fairtrade Bonarda-Malbec 2019, Famatina Valley, Argentina, Co-op, £5.25: We have all got used to the word “Fairtrade”, but it actually does work. This wine comes from a co-operative where sales to the UK Co-op have helped fund a new reservoir and a 600-pupil secondary school. The wine is terrific, all juicy, bouncy plum fruit with some serious Malbec notes. And it tastes even better for being Fairtrade.

Viña del Cura Rioja Crianza 2018, Spain, Tesco, £6.75: Made from 100 per cent Tempranillo grapes and aged for 12 months in American barrels, this is a classy Rioja, especially for the price. Full of creamy, strawberry and raspberry fruit, with the oak standing well behind the fruit, it is perfect with roast shoulder of lamb.

Rios de los Andes Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina, Spar, £6.75: A fresh, lighter style of Malbec, with chunky damson and mulberry fruit, topped with sweet spice and pepper. A wine for barbecues.

Sorso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018, DOC, Italy, Morrisons, £6.75: Ripe damson and cherry fruit with smooth tannins and a lift of freshness on the finish make this an ideal wine to team with slow-cooked pork or basil-infused pasta.

Errazuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Chile, Waitrose, down from £9.49 to £6.99 until June 2: Tasting well above its price point, especially on offer, this has smooth cassis and black cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of tobacco and a hint of spice.

Bruce Jack Shiraz 2018, South Africa, Sainsbury’s, £7: Who is Bruce Jack? He has clocked up a substantial career with some of South Africa’s top producers and now he has put his own name on this new range. The wines are terrific value even at full price, although occasionally they go on offer. Try this Shiraz, chock-full of raspberry and plum fruit, with notes of chocolate and spice. Perfect with meaty suppers.

Taste the Difference Chilean Pinot Noir, Aconcagua, Chile, Sainsbury’s, down from £8.50 to £7 from Wednesday until June 16: Packed with scented, juicy, red-berry fruit and balanced by soft, gentle tannins, this is a perfect wine to pour with duck, roast pork or even salmon. Try it just very lightly chilled, especially on a sunny day.

Chateau Pey la Tour Bordeaux Supérieur 2017, France, Waitrose, down from £10.69 to £7.99 until June 2: It is always nice to come home to Bordeaux wine and this one is smooth, elegant and full of gentle cassis fruit. Classic claret at an astonishingly good price.

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